Hey everyone! I really wanted to write this entry but I swear I’ll write the NYC one soon. I have been commiserating with my sisters on the good, the bad and the ugly parts of having a “child”. Check out my post last week if you want a back story of how I got my puppy Murphy Brown and why. Please let me disclose that I think being an actual parent is MUCH harder then being a pet owner, but there are some hilarious similarities.
1. You don’t sleep the same way you used to. As in, you don’t get much sleep at all. You’re either worried their uncomfortable, they have peed/pooped themselves so much that they woke up, they’re crying or they think 2 am is play time. I have a new routine where my dog does (FINALLY) sleep through the night, but she will get up at 5:45 am and want to play.
2. You worried about their level of comfort more than your own. Sometimes it’s because you want them to sleep and you don’t want ANYTHING interrupting their nap time, but most of the time you feel guilty for moving or breathing. Hence, you sleep and sit in awkward positions to appease your “child”.
3. You want your “child” to have friends but you’re also worried about their friends. Your internal thoughts run as so, “Aw, look they’re so cute when they’re playing. That doesn’t look like a very nice girl, she’s a lot taller, what if she bites her?! I will kick that girl’s butt if she even touches my baby!”
4. There’s an awful moment where they have had an accident (They’ve spilled, broke or chewed on something you didn’t want them to) but you’re in the middle of something, and you can’t decide what to do first.
5. Basically it’s a lot of prioritizing. Is work more important? Are friends more important? Is staying out another hour more important? Answer to all, nope.
6. When you are out and trying to enjoy yourself without your “child” you can’t help but worry about them and want to check in constantly. I’m guilty of this already.
7. You feel like you’re slowly turning into your parents. “We’ve talked about this! I told you not to do that!” You find yourself also using words you would never use in adult life, like using the word potty and calling yourself mommy or daddy.
8. If you have a significant other you will find yourself obsessed with asking them about your “child’s” bathroom habits. “Did she pee or poop? Did it look ok? Was there a lot of poop?” Sooooo much poop.
9. Instead of buying things for yourself you end up spoiling your “child” constantly. There’s always another toy that they have to have.
10. However, most importantly, you notice how full your life is with them in it. You feel fulfilled when they’re around. You’re happier and are constantly sad and happy by the fact that they grow so fast.
Hello everybody! I notice that I write a lot of nostalgia/bitter posts about growing older. While there are some definite downsides to growing up, I think I should focus more on the positive side of getting older. Plus, if we don’t act like a kid from time to time, we’ll go crazy. Here are some ways you can hold on to your childhood without being immature (well without being completely immature) or reckless:
1. Eat an ice cream cone (or a popsicle for those ice cream haters or lactose intolerants out there). This is the easiest way to revert back to your childhood, especially if it’s summertime. I did this just the other day at King’s Island. I am in love with their blueberry ice cream! Whenever I buy a blueberry and vanilla soft serve there I immediately feel giddy and happy. If you hear an ice cream truck go run after it. Order a dreamsicle, or something that’s like a push pop. Who cares if the neighborhood kids are waiting behind you in line?
2. Watch cartoons. I don’t mean Bob’s Burgers or Archer (while they’re classics they’re still adult), watch a Disney Movie or a cartoon that makes you remember that cartoons were so weird back then and had plenty of hidden meanings like Shrek! You don’t need a kid to be with you in order to watch it, just watch it because you want to. Do you really miss the X-Men cartoon series? Do you want to watch Animaniacs or Captain Planet? Do it! Don’t be embarrassed, just have fun.
3. Run, jump and skip just because you can. I tend to do this when I’ve had a beer or two, which probably isn’t a good idea, but it sure is fun! I always think of the Friends episode where Phoebe runs exactly the way she wants to run. I mean, don’t do this in a professional setting, but otherwise everything else is game.
4. Play Truth or Dare or Never Have I ever. I never really got to play these things as a kid. I was a really sheltered kid with sheltered friends for the most part. My first real party was in college…. and it wasn’t even really a “party”. This can be fun to play with friends because you get to learn new things and it’s something different to do.
5. Eat junk food for dinner. I do this every once in awhile, my go to is-you guessed it-ice cream. Has it been a bad day? Eat some ice cream or eat some Doritos and finish a beer. I try to stay away from this when I can because it’s addictive, but you have to have your days of defying the wishes of your parents, it’s good for the soul.
6. Make a tent. Yes, you heard me. Make a tent out of blankets. Are you feeling sick or bummed out? Make a couch bed and then hide underneath your fort made out of chairs and old comforters. I made a fort with my niece once, and it seriously made me want to only live in a tent. I think this is why I am slightly obsessed with lofts and bunk beds still. It makes for great fort opportunities. I do however, make a bed couch for myself when I’m sick and watch Princess Bride and whine about the fact that Cary Elwes is incredibly under appreciated while I quote every line. Think of the show Community when they create a fort and it goes viral.
7. Swing on a swing set. I do this all the time! Granted it’s usually with my niece, but I would do it on my own too. It’s something that can take your mind off of trivial things, you’re using up pent up energy and it’s relaxing.
8. Nap. I regret wasting my nap time. I nap all the time. I actually have a napping problem on the weekends. I’ve had three naps in a day once…. It was magical.
9. Push work aside for an hour or two and only concentrate on only yourself. As a kid, your main priority was yourself. Allow yourself to be selfish and only think of what you want to do. It doesn’t have to be for long, it could be shopping, playing video games or watching mindless TV with your phone turned off. Give yourself a break, you deserve one.
10. Use your imagination. I kind of do this everyday. I constantly think of what if scenarios and contemplate what would happen if they actually occurred. I have had to rediscover my imagination lately. I feel like it disappears from time to time, which is sad since it’s the most important thing you should have as an adult. Hope and your imagination is what will guide you and keep you sane.
What do you miss about your childhood?